CBT is a systemic approach to help people to feel better, whether this means waking up without depression, managing to go out of the house without experiencing crippling anxiety, or performing effectively in a stressful situation. This is achieved through exploration of thinking and behavioral experimentation.
One of the elements which is absolutely vital to CBT is a collaborative approach.
You will not feel ‘ done to’ but aquire skills to manage your own thoughts, behavours and feelings.
I will listen very carefully to every aspect of a problem you are experiencing and then we will draw a ‘map’ together including your vulnerabilities and trigger situations which may worsen the problem, and also positive aspects of your life which help you to feel good. We will adjust this ‘map’ throughout the sessions, as things improve for you. The sessions are a little like coaching, with the main changes and progression taking place during the time you are in the ‘real’ world.
A key feature of the CBT approach is the behavioural aspect which is based largely on experiments.We design these during sessions in order to test thoughts and assumptions you have about yourself, the world, and others. These can take place during sessions or more commonly in the ‘real’ world. Experiments might range from finding out how others feel about certain situations, to experiencing something, and then noting associated thoughts, behaviours, body sensations and feelings. We will then discuss our findings at the beginning of a session, whether the task has been completed in full or in part.
I offer handouts during sessions in order to help you remember what you planned to do.
This systemic CBT approach leads to development of skills where any environment or situation can be approached in a flexible and calm way, so that you gain optimum achievement and satisfaction from whatever lifestyle you choose. The tools and strategies gained during the CBT will transfer across all situations and will be available to you for the rest of your life.